Claiming that cracks in UPA were now in open, L K Advani on Saturday said that the ruling alliance had "disintegrated" while "new friends" will be joining hands with BJP-led NDA, a day after Union Ministers Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan skipped a cabinet meeting.
"Cracks in the UPA can be gauged from the fact that three of its cabinet minister including Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, who are miffed with the Congress, skipped the Cabinet meeting yesterday," the BJP prime ministerial candidate said at a rally in support of BJP candidate from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur.
"On the other hand NDA is standing firm and new friends will be appearing at a joint NDA rally in Punjab tomorrow," he said, apparently referring to TRS, a constituent of the Third Front, whose chief K Chandrashekhar Rao will attend the Ludhiana election meeting.
Claiming that the UPA had "disintegrated", Advani said, "The Congress has failed to run a coalition government but the previous NDA was successful experiment in coalition politics."
Accusing the Congress of "betraying" faith of freedom fighters by doing precious little to ameliorate the condition of 'aam admi' (common man), Advani promised that if the NDA came to power, the country will be placed among the developed nations of the world.
"It pains when we see that even after over 60 years of independence, villages do not have safe drinking water facility, farmers are committing suicide under burden of debt and villages are not linked with roads," he said.
"The freedom fighters had thought that these miseries will end 10-15 years after the British were ousted...But even after the lapse of 60 years people, a majority of villages of the country are living in pitiable condition," Advani said at the rally held 87 km from Shimla.
The BJP leader said he was "disappointed" with the performance of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh whom he "used to hold in high esteem because of his being an eminent economist".
Listing the achievements of the previous Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, Advani said there was no no reason to lose the 2004 general election. He attributed the loss to "over-confidence+ among BJP workers who had become complacent under the slogan of "India Shining'.
"But, I am happy as this time I do not see any over- confidence in our workers," Advani, who has toured 127 Lok Sabha constituencies during the elections, said.
Drawing comparison between the NDA ruled states and others, Advani said the success of the NDA governments could be gauged from the fact that in none of these states, farmer suicides have been reported.
"...While farmers suicides were rampant in the Congress ruled Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra," he alleged. Referring to Ram temple issue, Advani exuded confidence it would be built at Ayodhya.